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My cat has discharge from his penis - please help!

August 19th, 2009, 03:21 AM
Hello, my 3 year old male cat has some white penile discharge that is not solid and not sticky. The texture looks similar to starch dissolved in water, and has a mild urine smell, but it does not smell or feel sticky like pus.

He has had some history of difficulty with urination and was treated by the vet on suspicion of kidney stones, but there was no evidence of stones from testing this discharge or urine. In addition, the tests were negative for evidence of a systemic or local infection.

The vet commented that the discharge resembled a clump of starch. He was prescribed Medcam to treat inflammation, and that temporarily solved the problem. But now this discharge has returned, and I am concerned that this may be a chronic condition. The vets are puzzled as to the exact underlying condition. The cat eats and drinks water normally, and is not lethargic.

What could be a probable reason for this condition, and what can I do to prevent or cure him of this condition? I would be very grateful for any advice or experience you may have had with this. Thank you very much.

August 19th, 2009, 09:46 AM
First, welcome to the forum!

Second, you should know that Metacam is a very dangerous drug for cats. Have a read through this site

Third, considering that this problem has not been diagnosed and that an inappropriate drug has been prescribed without a diagnosis, my recommendation would be that you find a competent feline Veterinarian.

This site will provide a feline practitioner by region

This site is a list of Veterinarians who have "proven their worth" in treating very sick cats

Unfortunately, Vets are not "created equal"!

Dr Lee
August 19th, 2009, 12:49 PM
While Metacam currently has a place in the treatment of cats, I agree with Rustycat - we need to know what we are dealing with. Furthermore if there is chronic or recurrent bladder inflammation, metacam would not be my drug of choice to start with.

You said that the discharge has been tested.

Has a complete urinalysis been performed? Urine culture? Radiographs (X-Rays)?

A complete urinalysis will help provide some information such as urine concentration, pH level, presence of crystals/casts/white blood cells, etc...

While in a young male cat, urinary tract infection is e likely, a urine culture will help rule this in or out.

Radiographs would be the best place to start to rule out both kidney and bladder stones. A urine test or discharge evaluation will not be sufficient to rule out kidney stones.

Also is your cat on dry cat food? If so, a change to wet food might prove beneficial. Wet food is closer to what cats eat in the wild, has a higher protein ratio but also has more water content and can help reduce urine concentration which will be very beneficial not only to the urinary tract in general but also to bladder inflammation in particular.

August 19th, 2009, 04:07 PM
To RUSTYcat:

Thank you for welcoming me and also for helpful information. I will be careful about the use of Metacam. I am doing search of vet using the link you provided. Thank you!!

To Dr. Lee:

Thank you for your comments. Here are some answers to your question.

He had a UAnalysis, culture, and Ultrasound analysis by a radiologist. They couldn't find abnormality in urine, evidence of infection, or crystal/stone. However, when my cat had a difficulty in urination, there was blood in the urine. I have been feeding him both wet and dry food so that he can intake water enough.

So vet cannot figure out what is the reason except there was some unknown inflammation, which was temporality alleviated by Metacam. After knowing the risk of Metacam, I prefer not to depend on it when the symptom gets worse again.

If you have any more suggestions or have seen any example like my cat, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Dr Lee
August 19th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Did they mention FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder) or FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome)??

August 19th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Dr. Lee,

Thank you for the follow up. They did not mention any of those. Looked like they were very puzzled.

August 20th, 2009, 11:20 AM
Need to agree with the no metacam thing. We use it at the shelter for spay/neuter surgeries but it's really not a medicine that should be used in unknown conditions in cats. Are you using the oral or the injectable?

Has he recently been neutered?

August 20th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Hi kathryn,

Thank you for your comment. I used oral metacam only when there was symptom. He was neutered about 2 years ago and he is now 3 years old. I won't use metacam anymore after knowing it's risk.